Wimbledon: Federer beats Berrettini, Konta into last eight – as it happened

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Roger Federer made short work of Matteo Berrettini while Johanna Konta fought back to beat Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty went out

That’s all from me today. We’ve seen easy wins for Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Serena Williams. We’ve said goodbye to Coco Gauff - for now, at least. And we’ve seen a really good win for Johanna Konta over Petra Kvitova. Thanks for reading. I’ll be back for the women’s quarter-finals tomorrow. Bye!

Roger Federer beats Matteo Berrettini 6-1, 6-2, 6-2!

At 15-0 Federer produces a gorgeous volley. It’s just insulting. Soon he has three match points. He takes the first with some serve-volley. All wrapped up in 74 minutes. He’s through to the last eight and awaits the winner of Kei Nishikori versus Mikhail Kukushkin - that one’s gone to a fourth set.

Matteo Berrettini makes sure he won’t suffer a bagel in this third set and he allows himself a little celebration. They all count. But Roger Federer responds by racing through his next service game. He leads 6-1, 6-2, 5-1.

Milos Raonic just served for the match on Court 3. Guido Pella just broke back. He’ll serve to stay in it at 4-5 in the fourth set. Meanwhile a Federer drifts over the net, lands on the line and dies a death, completely duping Berrettini, who slips and falls over. Federer holds up his hands after breaking to lead 6-1, 6-2, 3-0. Berrettini’s laughing as he sits down. That sums it all up.

Matteo Berrettini’s doing it for all of those who want to go and have dinner soon. Facing three break points, he crushes a forehand into the corner. Federer goes for a defensive lob. Berrettini kneels down and gently cushions a volley into the net for no apparent reason. Federer leads by two sets and a break.

Federer takes control against Berrettini.
Federer takes control against Berrettini. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


A Mexican Wave on Centre Court. It’s all you need to know. Matteo Berrettini should join in. He’s not offered anything else.

The procession continues on a flat Centre Court. Matteo Berrettini slaps a preposterous forehand long and Roger Federer leads 6-1, 6-2. This is intensely boring.

Berrettini falls.
Berrettini falls. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Kei Nishikori goes a break up in the third set against Mikhail Kukushkin. He’s serving to restore his lead.

Matteo Berrettini drags a forehand wide and Roger Federer breaks to lead 6-1, 2-1. “It’s about this time every year I have a mini Federer-based crisis of confidence,” Matt Dony says. “People have been saying that he’s too old for years, but he just keeps going, keeps winning, and keeps playing insanely beautiful tennis. He’s two weeks older than me. The constant talk of his age makes me feel old, and his continued success makes me feel hopelessly inadequate. The man is a marvel.”

Guido Pella’s won that third set against Milos Raonic, taking it 6-3. Raonic leads 6-3, 6-4, 3-6. Pella beat Cilic from two sets down last year.

After 17 minutes Roger Federer swings an ace down the middle to wrap up the first set 6-1. Matteo Berrettini won eight points in that set. Federer won 93% on his first serve. The young Swiss is looking good.

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Matteo Berrettini of Italy.
Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Matteo Berrettini of Italy. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA


Matteo Berrettini’s already in choppy waters. Roger Federer leads 4-1 in the first set on Centre Court.

Guido Pella took out Kevin Anderson, last year’s beaten finalist, in the third round. He also beaten Marin Cilic, the beaten finalist in 2017, in last year’s second round. Now, quirkily enough, he is playing Milos Raonic, the beaten finalist in 2016. Ho hum! Raonic took the first two sets, but Pella is 5-2 up in the third.

Kei Nishikori didn’t drop a set in the first set, but he has dropped one now. Mikhail Kukushkin, the indefatigable Kazakh, has levelled their match on Court 2.

Now on Centre Court: Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini, the 17th seed. The Italian has a big serve and lots of power. Federer has lots of Federer.

Just nipped off to get an apple. I return to see that Novak Djokovic has snoozed through a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over Ugo Humbert. He plays David Goffin in the last eight.

Elsewhere Novak Djokovic leads by two sets and a break against Ugo Humbert on Court 1. Milos Raonic is two sets up against Guido Pella. Kei Nishikori is a set up against Mikhail Kukushkin.

Tight, scrappy, up and down, and she almost blew it in the end - but Johanna Konta probably deserves this win. She just had more nerve than Petra Kvitova, who wasn’t quite there today. So it’s Konta who’s through to the last eight for the second time in three years. And what a chance she has - she plays another Czech, the unseeded Barbora Strycova.

Johanna Konta beats Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-2, 6-4!

This time Konta begins well - or rather Kvitova tamely nets a forehand for 15-0. But then Kvitova crouches down to crack a backhand crosscourt for 15-all. The Czech is not going quietly. Yet a good serve from Konta forces Kvitova to send a backhand long. That’s what she needs. 30-15. Then a ball stays low and Kvitova, stooping down, nets a slice. Two match points - and at the end of a tense rally, with Konta on the defensive, Kvitova sends a final forehand long!

Konta celebrates.
Konta celebrates. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Third set: Konta 4-6, 6-2, 5-4 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Kvitova, of course, has to serve to stay in it again. She begins by staying stout at the net, punching an overhead for 15-0. Then she wallops a forehand down the line. Soon it’s 40-0. Kvitova looks really engaged now. She cushions a beautiful volley away to hold to love. Centre Court is very anxious now. It’s three straight games for Kvitova, the two-time champion. Konta will serve for it again and I’m worried she might be about to implode. That was a flat game from her and a lively one from Kvitova.

Third set: Konta* 4-6, 6-2, 5-3 Kvitova (*denotes server): So here’s Johanna Konta serving for a place in the last eight. Surely she can’t blow it from here. But there’s work to do when Kvitova wins the first point. But two good serves take Konta to 30-15. Then she produces a stinker of a drop shot for 30-all. Encouraged by that, Kvitova clobbers a forehand from left to right for a break point. She probably needs to take this. But Konta does just enough, assertiveness at the net forcing Kvitova to drag a desperate forehand wide for deuce. But then she double-faults. But Kvitova nets a backhand return. It’s been that kind of day for the Czech. She’s hanging on, though, and has another chance when Konta lifts a backhand long. This time she chops a slice long. Ouch. Soon Konta has a match point. But she plonks a forehand wide. Deuce. Then Konta earns a second match point with a gorgeous drop shot. Then she sends a forehand long. It’s edgy. Kvitova has a third break point when Konta clips a backhand wide. And this time, after more than 10 minutes, Konta lofts a backhand long. Oh dear. What next?

Third set: Konta 4-6, 6-2, 5-2 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Serving to stay in the match, Kvitova begins by dumping a drop shot into the net for 0-15. She wins the next three points, though. She holds with an ace.

Third set: Konta* 4-6, 6-2, 5-1 Kvitova (*denotes server): A bit of doubt creeps in, a couple of scratchy shots handing Kvitova two break points. Deep hitting from Konta saves the first. Kvitova nets a forehand pass on the second. Deuce. From there Konta holds. She’s a game from the last eight. Kvitova simply hasn’t been ruthless enough.

Third set: Konta 4-6, 6-2, 4-1 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Kvitova is desperately trying to gee herself up, but the errors are piling up and another one hands Konta her latest break point. If she breaks here we can probably call it. And a huge backhand return does the job. Kvitova can only find the net with a weak backhand.

Third set: Konta* 4-6, 6-2, 3-1 Kvitova (*denotes server): Looking to consolidate the break, Konta begins with an ace for 15-0. But 30-0 becomes 30-all, at which point Kvitova steps in, swinging those forehands and earning a break point. Yet a superb second serve from Konta makes Kvitova stretch and hook a forehand long for deuce. These are pivotal moments. Two more strong serves are enough for Konta to hold. Seriously impressive.

Third set: Konta 4-6, 6-2, 2-1 Kvitova* (*denotes server): A blocked low return from Konta draws an error from Kvitova for 0-15. Konta dominates the next rally as well and wins it when Kvitova nets a backhand for 0-30. Kvitova takes the next point, though. She wipes her forehead. This is a tough match. Then she bangs an ace down the middle for 30-all. The game goes to deuce after a double-fault from Kvitova. Konta spies an opportunity: she steps in and slaps a backhand into the corner for a break point. Konta decides to go big again. She crunches a backhand from left to right and Kvitova’s blown away. It’s called out - but a challenge confirms it was on the line and Konta lands the first break!

Third set: Konta* 4-6, 6-2, 1-1 Kvitova (*denotes server): Konta holds to 15.

Third set: Konta 4-6, 6-2, 0-1 Kvitova* (*denotes server): After a quick break Kvitova returns to Centre Court with a steely look in her eye - a sign she’s ready for what promises to be a hard-fought deciding set. She holds to love and bellows furiously. Beware.

Johanna Konta wins the second set 6-2 to level the match!

Konta is finally ready to resume. Let’s hope her ankle isn’t bothering her too much. Serving for the set, the game goes to 15-all. Then a good body serve jams Kvitova up; 30-15. She follows that with one down the middle and that’s enough for two set points. An ace out wide is enough for the set. All very routine. And rather excellent too.

Johanna Konta returns.
Johanna Konta returns. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Elsewhere Novak Djokovic goes a set up against Ugo Humbert. And the world continues to turn.

Before Johanna Konta serves for the set, she receives medical treatment. She is having strapping applied to her left ankle.

Second set: Konta 4-6, 5-2 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Kvitova is serving to stay in the set. She moves into a 40-15 lead, but she lets it fizzle out, the game drifting to deuce, and Konta clenches her fist after nailing a backhand for a set point. But Kvitova comes up with a pounding serve. Kvitova holds.

Second set: Konta* 4-6, 5-1 Kvitova (*denotes server): Now it’s Konta’s turn to wobble, slack shots giving Kvitova a 0-30 lead. But Konta gets it back to 15-30 and she gets away with it when a useless lob is met with a useless volley by Kvitova, who could have done anything she wanted with that. From there she holds to 30.

Second set: Konta 4-6, 4-1 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Kvitova’s in a bit of a funk now. The game goes to deuce. She looks low, in need of something to spark her. But she holds after clobbering a forehand volley into the open court.

Elsewhere Karolina Muchova has beaten Karolina Pliskova, the third seed, 4-6, 7-5, 13-11! It finished on a lucky net cord for Muchova. Oh Karolina! And also - oh Karolina!

Second set: Konta* 4-6, 4-0 Kvitova (*denotes server): Konta’s annoyed after a bit of confusion over a challenge, but she moves into a 40-0 lead and ends up holding to 15.

Second set: Konta 4-6, 3-0 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Disappointed after failing to break, Kvitova makes a couple of poor errors to fall into a 0-30 deficit. After another tight shot Konta has two break points. Kvitova saves the first, but not the second, and Konta has the double break.

Second set: Konta* 4-6, 2-0 Kvitova (*denotes server): Konta looks to be in command at 30-all, but two errors give Kvitova hope and the Czech earns a break point with a crushing forehand return. Konta saves it nervelessly, though, dinking carefully and volleying well for deuce. Kvitova hits back, fearsome hitting bringing up another break point, but a good serve from Konta forces the Czech to net a forehand return. It turns into a marathon game. Konta’s struggling to polish it off. She’s wasting chances. But eventually, after seven deuce points and two aces, she takes one and consolidates the break.


Second set: Konta 4-6, 1-0 Kvitova* (*denotes server): Hello, I’ve just scooted over from the Coco Gauff game-by-game, and I return to see that Konta has made a good start to this set, breaking straight away. That’s a fine response after that abysmal forehand on set point.

Konta* 4-6 Kvitova (* denotes server)

The pressure moves to Konta and after losing the opening point she does well to stay in the second point and eventually win it after being put on the back foot by a screeching Kvitova groundstroke. The pair trade blows for 30-30 before Konta sends a forehand long. It’s set point for Kvitova. Konta’s first serve down the middle narrowly misses the line and Kvitova attacks the second. Konta cannot handle the power and she’s lost the first set. And with that I’ll hand back to Jacob.

Petra Kvitova celebrates during the first set.
Petra Kvitova celebrates during the first set. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA


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Konta 4-5 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

Konta forces a couple of errors from Kvitova to go 0-30 up. A long rally ends with the Briton putting a backhand into the net but a great return forces another error. It’s 15-40 and two break points to Konta. Tow big sliced serves render her helpless though and it’s deuce. Konta only just misses with a return and then Kvitova forces another error to hold her serve. She lets out a huge roar. She showed guts there.

Konta* 4-4 Kvitova (* denotes server)

This is like a men’s match, so dominant is the serving. It’s impressive tennis from both players. Konta takes control of the game with three unreturnable serves and a wild return from Kvitova is miles out to seal the game. We’re all level again. Now is crunch time.


Konta 3-4 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

Kvitova is really playing well. Fifteen winners already attest to that and her forehand is ramming home the opportunities afforded by her wickedly sliced serves. Another emphatic hold for the Czech.

Konta* 3-3 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

The longer rallies are on Konta’s serve and Kvitova is hitting more winners offf the ground. Two brutal forehands bring her back to 30-30 and give her the sniff of a break. Konta finds a big serve to earn game point and then a lovely drop shot has Kvitova scrambling and unable to stay in the game. We’re level.


Konta 2-3 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

Konta is failing to make an impression on her opponent’s serve. The slice and accuracy are running Konta ragged and Kvitova unleashes two aces to take the game to 15.

Konta* 2-2 Kvitova (* denotes server)

Kvitova climbs into the second serve of Konta to power a return winner down the line. Is there a chink of an opening here? Konta’s serve is working fluidly and she races to 40-15 with three big ones. The first double fault of the match interrupts her flow and Kvitova slams a cross-court backhand past her opponent to force deuce. But two more big serves rescue the Briton and it’s all square 13 minutes in.

Konta 1-2 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

Kvitova sends Konta one way then the other with two fine swinging serves to go 30-0 up. Konta manages to return one but a drilled forehand from Kvitova is far too good. Finally Konta gets a return at the feet of Kvitova to force a loopy half-volley but the Briton’s attempted pass hits the net.

Petra Vitova during her women’s singles fourth round match.
Petra Vitova during her women’s singles fourth round match. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Konta* 1-1 Kvitova (* denotes server)

Konta’s serve is on song from the first point. Kvitova can hardly land a racket on anything in the game and they’re level. These points are going to be short.


Konta 0-1 Kvitova* (* denotes server)

A lucky net cord gives Konta the opening point of the match against the Kvitova serve but the Czech puts her foot down with some powerful serving and two scorching winners. First blood to Kvitova.

Next up on Centre Court is Johanna Konta v Petra Kvitova, and we’ll be moving to game by game coverage of this one. Britain’s No 1 up against a two-times Wimbledon champion. This could be a classic.

“It was a good solid match I think, “ says Nadal. “It’s true that the service probably didn’t work as good as two days ago but the other things were very positive. Good forehand, good backhand and some good volleys too. I’m back in the quarter-finals and happy to be there. Last year was a great year, I was very close to winning another title and here I am again.”

Rafael Nadal beats João Sousa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2!

A typically powerful service game to love closes out a crushing win and no one will want to come up against this juggernaut.

Nadal powers his way to victory against João Sousa.
Nadal powers his way to victory against João Sousa. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Can anyone stop Nadal? Not on this form. A whipped cross-court winner leaves Sousa chuntering at the umpire but that’s another break. The Spaniard is 5-2 up and serving for the match after less than two hours.

João Sousa is playing his best tennis of the match but Nadal is on another planet. It’s been some time since he looked this good on grass and a sublime touch volley closes out another service game. He’s only made 10 unforced errors so far. Utterly ruthless. Nadal leads 4-2 in the third.


Fernando Verdasco has taken the second set 6-2 to level the match against the No 21 seed David Goffin. Two well matched players going toe to toe on No 3 Court.

Halep v Gauff is a humdinger if ever there was one, but both have been broken in their opening service games. Follow it live with Jacb Steinberg here …

This is the moment Serena Williams reached her 14th Wimbledon singles quarter-final …

A 14th #Wimbledon ladies’ singles quarter-final.
A 51st Grand Slam ladies’ singles quarter-final.

In flying form, @serenawilliams makes light work of beating Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the final eight… pic.twitter.com/ytfVYNiGoi

— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 8, 2019

Rafael Nadal breaks João Sousa’s serve to go 2-1 up in the third. This is a rout. Sousa hasn’t had a single break point.

Muchova wins the second set 7-5 to level the match. Some fine play from the underdog gets her to deuce before a 115mph second serve ace from Pliskova seems to have closed the door. A double fault reopens it before Muchova uses her touch to earn a set point. She then forces an error from her compatriot to take the set. The N0 3 seed looks in trouble having started so powerfully.

Karolina Muchova is ranked no 68 in the world but she is fighting hard against Karolina Pliskova on No 2 court. She holds to 30 to go 6-5 up in the second set and has a chance to put pressure on the former world No 1’s serve.

Rafael Nadal wins the second set 6-2 and is making short work of João Sousa. The Portuguese fought back brilliantly against Dan Evans in the previous round but things are looking very ominous here.

Serena Williams beats Carla Suárez Navarro 6-2, 6-2!

That was mighty impressive. The seven-times Wimbledon champions is through to the quarter-finals where she will face Alison Riske, conqueror of Ashleigh Barty.

Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets.
Serena Williams celebrates after defeating Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Serena Wiliams is one game from victory. A scorching backhand cross-court winner cuts short Sánchez Navarro’s mini-revival to put the American 5-2 up in the second set. She’s serving for the match.

I’m going over to cover Simona Halep versus The Kid. Rob Bleaney will take over this blog.

Serena Williams drills a backhand down the line and breaks again to lead 6-2, 3-0. It’s a right gubbing on Court 1.

Roberto Bautista Agut, a decent sort, takes the first set 6-3 against Benoit Paire. Consistency is winning the day on Court 18.

Rafael Nadal, the big old meanie, breaks Joao Sousa in the first game of the second set on Centre Court. The Spaniard leads 6-2, 1-0. As does Serena Williams. She’s thoroughly outplaying Carla Suarez Navarro on Court 1.

Nadal returns to Sousa.
Nadal returns to Sousa. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian


Rebel Wilson watching Pliskova - Muchova on court 2

— Carole Bouchard (@carole_bouchard) July 8, 2019

Serving for the first set, Serena Williams saves two break points, earns a set point when Carla Suarez Navarro spoons a backhand wide and takes it when the Spaniard spins a slice long. Williams takes the first set 6-2.

Karolina Pliskova, who’s looking increasingly dangerous this fortnight, takes the first set 6-4 against Karolina Muchova in the all-Czech tussle on Court 2. It’s surprising that the No3 seed has never been past the fourth round here.

Serena Williams breaks again. She leads 5-2. Elsewhere a rampant Rafa Nadal has won the first set 6-2 against Joao Sousa.

Round the courts we go. Barbora Strycova was relentless as she roared back from a set down to beat Elise Mertens, the 21st seed, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, earning her a quarter-final against Johanna Konta or Petra Kvitova. On Court 2 Karolina Pliskova is trying to break Karolina Muchova as they head deep into the first set. Roberto Bautista Agut and Benoit Paire are feeling each other out on Court 18. And there’s been no sign of a break between David Goffin and Fernando Verdasco on Court 3.

Serena Williams, no doubt buoyed by Ashleigh Barty’s exit, appears to be on it. A stooping, flicked backhand past a stunned Suarez Navarro takes the breath away. It forces deuce in the fifth game of the first set. But Suarez Navarra responds well and closes the game with a pinpoint forehand to trail 3-2.

Joao Sousa sends a backhand wide and drops his serve for the second time. Rafael Nadal leads 3-0. Zzzz.

Serena Williams isn’t just Andy Murray’s dance partner. No, no, no. Apparently she’s also very good in the women’s singles! Will let you know more on that when I do some research. And this Williams hopeful has only gone and broken Carla Suarez Navarro in the first game on Court 1. Elsewhere Rafael Nadal has gone a break up against Joao Sousa.

Showtime Steinberg - that’s actually my kid’s name. Anyway the stars have arrived. Rafael Nadal against Joao Sousa, conqueror of a devastated Dan Evans, on Centre Court. Serena Williams against the tough Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro, on Court 1.

Quite the streak from Barbora Strycova out on Court 12. The Czech veteran was 6-4, 5-2 down to Elise Mertens, but has won the last eight games to lead in the deciding set. China’s Zhang Shuai is through to the quarter-finals; she’s beaten Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 and will pay Simona Halep or Coco Gauff next.

And with that, I’ll hand you back to Jacob ‘Showtime’ Steinberg as the show courts get under way ...


Elena Svitolina beats Petra Martic 6-4, 6-2!

The No 8 seed gets the job done against Martic, who was hampered by injury. “I played really good, Petra was struggling a little bit physically in the second set. I was moving well, and feeling good today,” says the Ukrainian. It’ll be her first Wimbledon quarter-final, too.

That was a terrific performance from the world No 89, who next faces either Serena Williams or Carla Suárez-Navarro. So probably Serena, then. It’s her first grand slam singles quarter-final appearance, but you wouldn’t know it from the way she closed that out.

Here’s Alison Riske’s reaction: “I’m so excited, and so proud of myself for the way I’ve handled matches here. I’ve been ready to battle in every match. I couldn’t begin to say what Wimbledon means to me. Getting to the quarter-finals is amazing, but just the way I’ve been fighting is the best thing for me. But the last eight at Wimbledon, that’s not too bad.”

Alison Riske beats Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-2, 6-3!

Alison Riske has already put out two seeds – Donna Vekic and Belinda Bencic – in three-set thriller. Can she send the No 1 seed home? There’s a hint of a wobble with an unforced error, but a monster forehand finds the line. 30-all, and an ace brings up match point ... and Barty sends a shot wide. That’s it! The world No 1 is out!

Alison Riske celebrates after defeating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
Alison Riske celebrates after defeating Australia’s Ashleigh Barty. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP


Barty in bother again on her own serve, double-faulting on her way to 15-30 down. She finds a second serve down the middle, then a 111mph first serve, and closes out with an ace. Three-all, and perhaps she can put those first-serve issues behind her now.

On No 3 Court, Svitolina is closing in against Martic, who is still struggling with her movement. The No 8 seed is 4-0 up in the second set.

Barty holds despite some more suspect first serves, then carves out a break point on the Riske serve. The American defends well, darting around the court to keep the deciding set on serve.

Thanks Jacob, and hello everyone. Barty is in a real battle here, 2-1 down on serve in the final set. Over on No 3 Court, Petra Martic is having a lengthy medical timeout after struggling badly on her own serve. It looks like a hip problem. She’s 6-4, 1-0 down to Svitolina.

I’m going to take a quick break for lunch before the big guns enter the fray on Centre Court and Court 1. Niall McVeigh will take over for a bit.

What a turnaround on Court 2. Serving to stay in the second set, Ash Barty finds herself down a set point. She isn’t serving well. She’s only serving at 47%. She tries to force the issue with a charge to the net, but Alison Riske picks herself off with a forehand down the line and takes it 6-2. They’re going into a decider. The world No 1 is in a funk.

Elina Svitolina has found a way to deal with Petra Martic’s unpredictable game. She saves a break point to hold for 4-4. Then she breaks for 5-4. Then she serves out to love to win the first set 6-4. Not bad from the eighth seed.

Alison Riske is solid. She’s still causing Ashleigh Barty a few problems with her baseline power on Court 2 and breaks to 15 to lead 3-1 in the second set. Will Barty be dragged into a third set?

US player Alison Riske whips a forehand.
US player Alison Riske whips a forehand. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images


It’s tough to predict which way it will go on Court 12. Elise Mertens has fought back from a break down to win the first set 6-4 against Barbora Strycova. But Strycova is a break up in the second.

The biggest attraction today: Petra Martic’s drop shot.

Shuai Zhang of China clenches a fist and walks back to her chair with the first set in the bag. She’s taken it 6-4 against Dayana Yastremska.

That piece of Martic outrageousness distracted me from Ash Barty breaking again to lead 5-3 against Alison Riske. She’s serving for the set. She races into a 40-0 lead. She takes it when an awkward bouncer of a second serve forces Riske to hook a backhand return off target.

Petra Martic breaks back with an outrageous piece of impudence - get this, she just took a break point by returning a serve with a backhand drop shot. The audacity! Elina Svitolina was dumbfounded. 3-3 in the third set on Court 3.

An opportunity opens up for Alison Riske, two break points materialising in the seventh game of the first set. Ashleigh Barty suddenly finds a little more weight behind the American’s shots hard to handle and she drops her serve with a wild forehand. Barty leads 4-3 and Riske has done well to get back in the set.

On Court 3 it’s Elina Svitolina who lands the first blow, breaking Petra Martic for a 3-2 lead. While on Court 12 it’a Barbora Strycova who leads against Elise Mertens.

Ashleigh Barty just has so much variety. She has a way of turning a slice into a winner. It’s so very good to watch. She does so to earn two break points and doesn’t take long to convert for a 3-1 lead on Court 2.

Ashleigh Barty reaches for a return.
Ashleigh Barty reaches for a return. Photograph: James Marsh/BPI/REX/Shutterstock


Shuai Zhang, boosted by a good win over Caroline Wozniacki, leads by an early break against Dayana Yastremska, a Ukrainian teenager. Elsewhere it’s all very tight. The sparring stages.

Alison Riske isn’t an opponent to take lightly. The unseeded American fought back from set down to beat Belinda Bencic on Saturday. However you suspect Ash Barty will be too strong. She’s looked unstoppable so far. And indeed she begins with a love hold on Court 2, sealing the game with an ace.


Play has started on Court 3. Elina Svitolina, the eighth seed, faces Petra Martic, the 24th. Could be interesting. Martic is a dangerous, clever player. Elsewhere Elise Mertens meets Barbora Strycova on Court 12.

The players are out on court. First up on Court 2 it’s world No 1 Ashleigh Barty against the USA’s Alison Riske. It’s not the first time Barty’s been on Court 2. What’s up with that? I doubt you’ll see Djokovic, Nadal or Federer on Court 2.


Hello. There’s Rafael Nadal against Joao Sousa, Roger Federer against Matteo Berrettini, Johanna Konta against Petra Kvitova, Novak Djokovic against Ugo Humbert, Serena Williams against Carla Suarez Navarro and all of this is irrelevant because Cori Gauff, the undisputed star of these championships, is playing Simona Halep, the seventh seed, in the second match on Court 1. It’s Manic Monday, the most frantic day of any Wimbledon, with everyone in action on both sides of the draw, but this time it’s all about Coco Mania. Can the 15-year-old keep it going? Can she find a way against Halep, the brilliant little Romanian counter-puncher? It’s going to be fascinating finding out.

Play begins on the outside courts at 11am.

Centre Court (1pm)
J Sousa (Por) v R Nadal (Sp, 3)
J Konta (GB, 19) v P Kvitova (Cz, 6)
M Berrettini (It, 17) v R Federer (Sui, 2)

No 1 Court (1pm)
S Williams (US, 11) v C Suárez-Navarro (Esp, 30)
S Halep (Rom, 7) v C Gauff (US)
N Djokovic (Ser, 1) v U Humbert (Fr)

No 2 Court (11am)
A Barty (Aus, 1) v A Riske (US)
K Muchova (Cz) v K Pliskova (Cz, 3)
K Nishikori (Jpn, 8) v M Kukushkin (Kaz)

No 3 Court (11am)
E Svitolina (Ukr, 8) v P Martic (Cro, 24)
D Goffin (Bel, 21) v F Verdasco (Sp)
G Pella (Arg, 26) v M Raonic (Can, 15)

Court 12 (11am)
B Strycova (Cz) v E Mertens (Bel, 21)
S Querrey (US) v T Sandgren (US)
H Kontinen & J Peers (Fin/US) v R Ram & J Salisbury (US/GB)
J Murray & B Mattek-Sands (GB/US) v M Pavic & G Dabrowski (Cro/Can)

Court 18 (11am)
Zhang S (Chn) v D Yastremska (Ukr)
R Bautista Agut (Sp, 23) v B Paire (Fr, 28)
N Mahut & E Roger-Vasselin (Fr, 11) v B & M Bryan (US, 7)
F Skugor & R Olaru (Cro/Rom, 12) v F Tiafoe & V Williams (US)



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